Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Dental Nursing Level 3 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will 52 weeks to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be in employment in a dental practice.
  • GCSE English and maths at C grade is desirable.
  • You will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme.

You will achieve

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health (Dental Nursing).

Course overview

The qualification focuses on direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It encompasses the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a dental nurse.

Course content

Core Mandatory Units:

  • Ensure your own actions reduce the risk to health and safety – Mandatory. (2 credits)
  • Reflect on and develop your practice Mandatory (4 credits)
  • Emergency First Aid Skills – Mandatory. (1 credit)
  • Preparing and maintaining environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures4

Other mandatory units:

  • Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health (2 credits)
  • Provide chair side support during the assessment of patients’ oral health (4 credits)
  • Contribute to the production of dental images (1 credit)
  • Provide chair side support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities (3 credits)
  • Provide chair side support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses (3 credits)
  • Provide chair side support during non-surgical endodontic treatment (4 credits)
  • Provide chair side support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery (2 credits)
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment (3 credits)
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning (5 credits)
  • Dental radiography (3 credits)
  • Scientific principles in the management of oral health diseases and dental procedures (4 credits)
  • Principles and theory of Dental Nursing (written external exam) (5 credits)

Through work based assessments in your work placement and various evidence methods throughout the programme, building up a portfolio.

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets. A copy of the standard handbook will be provided and given to you by your assessor on the first visit.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

  • Specialist dental nursing roles
  • Dental hygiene or therapy
  • Dental technology
  • Teaching dental nursing
  • Dental practice management

How much does the course cost?

£1,900 Full Fee Payable

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dental Nursing Level 3 Work-based